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Internet speed is more than a number

Understanding Internet speed

There are two types of Internet speeds: download speed is how fast data transfers from the Internet to your device, while upload speed is how fast data transfers from your device to the Internet. They’re measured in megabits per second (Mbps). That means 150 Mbps Internet can download an HD movie in about 2 minutes.

Comparing Internet speeds by mbps

Check out the comparison below to find the best Internet speed for your favorite online activities.


1000 mbps

Use all your devices at the same time while streaming multiple 4K videos.  

Internet Ultimate 500

300 mbps

Connect multiple devices at once and play games online.

Internet Preferred 150

150 mbps

Stream music, bank online, view photos on social media and go shopping online.

Internet Essential 50

30 mbps

Surf the web and check email.

Internet Starter 10

10 mbps

A good option for light Internet browsing on up to three devices.  

How much Internet speed do I need? 

The speed your household needs depends on a few things: the number of Internet users in your home, the number of devices you have and how you’re using your speeds.

Internet - My Account

Number of users

It’s simple: more Internet users in your home means you’ll need more bandwidth. If you’ve got a big family, look into getting a faster plan.



Internet -Wifi Screen

Internet usage

Do you have gamers, binge-watching TV buffs or social media stars in your family? These activities require downloading a lot of data, so you may need a faster plan.



Internet - Mobile App

Number of devices

If you have computers, smartphones and tablets galore, you may need faster Internet speed to use them all. Keep in mind: devices like gaming consoles need more bandwidth than TVs.   

Internet - Lightening

Multiple devices

Using too many devices at once can slow your wifi traffic. Look into higher speeds if you need more bandwidth.   

Internet service details. All services and plans subject to Cox Residential Customer Service Agreement (including arbitration provisions) and Acceptable Use Policy (including Cox’s right to terminate service for abuse of network). See Annual Notice information for related information and your privacy rights as a Cox customer. For all Cox Communications policies regarding our services and business practices visit www.cox.com/aboutus/policies.html.

All Cox Internet plans include 1 TB (1024 GB) per month of data usage. Unlimited and 500 GB Additional Data Plans can be added for an additional monthly charge. Data usage in excess of plan may result in a $10 charge for up to 50 GB of additional data and for each additional 50 GB block thereafter, except for Unlimited Data Plan subscribers. Unused data does not roll over. See also Speeds and Data Plans Information for High Speed Internet Service in your area for details. See cox.com/datausage for complete data usage details.

Prices, and/or when applicable, contracts, may differ from those presented here as a result of existing customer pricing, customer's specific service address, and/or contract related updates. Installation fees may apply. Other restrictions may apply.